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In a town with as many blues enthusiasts as St. Louis, the question of which blues club is best can be a topic of spirited discussion. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups inhabits a historic brick buildings that oozes atmosphere, and it offers a first-rate selection of local and touring performers. BB's features a varied schedule of musical acts, a large year-round seating capacity and full-service kitchen specializing in Cajun and Creole food, in addition to a selection of American bar food.
"Eat Rite or Don't Eat At All." So it says on the coffee cups (and the souvenir T-shirts) at this no-frills 24-hour greasy spoon amid the industrial wasteland between downtown and Soulard. Folks come from miles around to fill up on the breakfast-and-burgers menu: bar-hoppers and club kids finally coming down from their late-night-into-early-morning highs; factory workers and blue-collars getting off graveyard shifts; curious newcomers who've heard about the bizarro vibe that pervades these cramped counter-only environs. To call the food at Eat-Rite cheap is an understatement -- six burgers (real-size, not White Castle-size) run $4.50. And many swear by the Eat-Rite's redoubtable slinger (for the uninitiated, that'd be fried eggs, hash browns and a burger patty, avec chili).
Ain't nothing like a good rooftop bar, and 360 is one of the swankest. Occupying the entire top floor of the Hilton at the Ballpark, 360 offers a view that rivals the Arch, without the cramped space of those washing machine-sized trams inside our unmistakable landmark. The owners of 360 spared no expense; the posh interior features a spectacular two-story waterfall, elegant bars both inside and out, and glassed-in VIP seating for the well-heeled. The extravagant menu features high-end and locally-sourced ingredients, and a perfectly curated drink list that will make your mouth water. From the roof deck, check out the nearby Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River churning just underneath, the cityscape to the west and a unique vantage point directly into Busch Stadium.
Located along the small lake inside tourist-friendly Union Station downtown, this Houlihan's location, as with the other St. Louis-area locations, is part of the restaurant's test market for a small-plates menu. Options include flat bread pizzas, goat-cheese-and-artichoke poppers, a variety of sliders (pot roast, pulled pork, to name a few) and miniaturized versions of entrées such as spaghetti and chicken cordon bleu. The regular menu features an array of entrées to suit many tastes ranging from down-home pot roast or a French dip to mushroom enchiladas or a spicy Fritos burger with pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeños, guacamole, chipotle mayonnaise and, of course, Fritos.
Every town needs a literal stomping ground for kids of all ages to play, and Citygarden in downtown St. Louis provides just the right ratio of form-to-fun with its beautiful sculptures and climbable features. Citygarden has a many personalities including a picture-perfect destination for families to bask in on a summer day (bring swimming trunks so the tykes can splash around in the fountains) to a contemplative, lit-up scene for visitors to enjoy by night. With the Arch in the distance and groomed plants to offset the urban landscape, Citygarden serves as a fine destination for both locals and tourists alike.
Lombardo's history in St. Louis dates back to 1934 with a fruit-and-vegetable stand at Riverview Boulevard and Florissant Avenue in north St. Louis. Today the restaurant family includes Lombardo's Restaurant, Carmine's and Lombardo's Trattoria. The trattoria offers the white linen-tablecloth experience for lunch and dinner. At lunch, Lombardo's menu offers fare such as a turkey club, salmon BLT and a steak burger, while dinner serves up a concise menu of upscale Italian options, with pastas as well as chicken, steak, veal and seafood entrées.
This charming crêperie brings a little bit of Paris to downtown. Savory crêpes feature both the hearty ("German-style" sausages, bacon, roasted sirloin) and the delicate (Brie with roasted apples, egg with Gruyère). Fans of owner Dave Bailey's Lafayette Square hot spot Baileys' Chocolate Bar won't be surprised by the excellent sweet crêpes, from a simple lemon crêpe dusted with sugar to the indulgent "Peanut Butter Cup," which is even richer than its namesake. The menu also features soups, salads and sandwiches as well as Serendipity ice cream and Kaldi's coffee.
The downtown outpost of Charlie Gitto's has been cooking since 1974. The menu includes the staples of Italian meals - spaghetti bolognese, fettuccine alfredo, osso bucco - and some St. Louis-specific selections, including T-ravs and the option of Provel on sandwiches. Fans of Gitto's red sauce and house dressing can purchase either at many local grocery stores or at the restaurant.
Located in Lafayette Square along Park Avenue just a few steps east of Lafayette Park, Park Avenue Coffee features a large selection of coffee and espresso drinks and St. Louis’s very own favorite dessert, gooey butter cake. The coffee all starts with locally roasted Chauvin Coffee beans and comes in a variety of drink options, including flavored mochas and lattes, a “Cubano” with raw sugar, or on ice as a caramel macchiato and Thai coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Park Avenue also serves blended frappicanos, teas and fruit smoothies with real fruit and nonfat yogurt. They offer a few bagels and other baked goods, but the real eats at Park Avenue begin and end with gooey butter cake, with more than 70 different flavors available for order, all beginning with eggs, butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar, and followed by several different fine-tuned flavors. Among the top-selling flavors Park Avenue offers are red velvet, white-chocolate blueberry and key lime, plus the original recipe, plain, old traditional cake. Cakes can be purchased in squares or by the whole cake, with the option to make it heart-shaped, if so desired.
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